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David

WILTON, CT, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • The Thief

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Fuminori Nakamura, Satoko Izumo (translator)
    • Narrated By Charlie Thurston
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (100)
    Performance
    (91)
    Story
    (91)

    The Thief is a seasoned pickpocket. Anonymous in his tailored suit, he weaves in and out of Tokyo crowds, stealing wallets from strangers so smoothly that sometimes he doesn't even remember the snatch. Most people are just a blur to him; nameless faces from whom he chooses his victims. He has no family, no friends, no connections.... But he does have a past, which finally catches up with him when Ishikawa, his first partner, reappears in his life and offers him a job he can't refuse.

    Ki says: "Well, it is short."
    "Eh . . . Too Japanese for me?"
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    This was not my favorite story. It wasn't bad, but neither was it particularly good. The narrator's voice wasn't particularly great, either.

    Perhaps I would have enjoyed it more if it spoke to me culturally. It's hard to say.

    I bought this b/c it was on sale from Audible, and sounded interesting.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Debt of Honor: A Jack Ryan Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy
    • Narrated By John MacDonald
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (831)
    Performance
    (674)
    Story
    (677)

    Clancy plunges hero Jack Ryan into nonstop high adventure, as two seemingly unrelated occurrences being a chain of events that will stun the world. Called out of retirement to serve as National Security Advisor to the president, Ryan, with the help of CIA officers John Clark and Domingo Chavez, must prepare the untested president to meet the challenges of a new world order.

    Louann says: "Narrator not so great"
    "Robot voiced narrator."
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    I seriously thought this was narrated by a text to speech function from a computer. The book itself is fine, but the narration is off-putting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Command Authority

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy, Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Lou Diamond Phillips
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1767)
    Performance
    (1586)
    Story
    (1590)

    There's a new strong man in Russia but his rise to power is based on a dark secret hidden decades in the past. The solution to that mystery lies with a most unexpected source, President Jack Ryan.

    David says: "Brilliant but borderline non-fiction!"
    "L.D. Phillips cannot perform a British Accent!"
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    The Russians are back in the last book written by Tom Clancy before his death. This book continues along the Jack Ryan, Jr. reboot. And, compared to the others in the series, it's alright. It's not the best, and it's not the worst.

    My biggest issue is that when Lou Diamond Phillips performs a British accent, it sounds more Australian than British! (I won't even go into his atrocious Scottish accent!).

    I found this odd, because he has been my favorite narrator up to this point. His Russian accents are quite good. And, he voices the rest of the characters quite well.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Great Gatsby

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By F. Scott Fitzgerald
    • Narrated By Tim Robbins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1462)
    Performance
    (870)
    Story
    (878)

    The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald's portrait of the Jazz Age in all its decadence and excess, is, as editor Maxwell Perkins praised it in 1924, "a wonder". It remains one of the most widely read, translated, admired, imitated, and studied 20th-century works of American fiction.

    Redhawk Readers says: "Something you won't fall asleep to..."
    "Tim Robbins was terrible."
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    I generally like Tim Robbins as an actor, and I was looking forward to hearing him narrate this classic novel. But, I found his delivery dry and even annoying at times. Having grown up in Port Washington, NY (the prototype for East Egg), I could easily visualize the scenery of the book, Great Neck (West Egg), Queens, Manhattan, etc. But, Tim Robbins attempts at Long Island and New York accents took me way out of the story!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Without Remorse

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1354)
    Performance
    (1020)
    Story
    (1032)

    His work for the CIA is brilliant, cold-blooded, and efficient, but who is he? In a harrowing tour de force, phenomenally best-selling author Tom Clancy shows how an ordinary man named John Kelly crossed the lines of justice and morality to become the CIA legend known as Mr. Clark. It is an unforgettable journey into the heart of darkness, without mercy - without remorse.

    Daniel Beck says: "Start here if you are new to Jack Ryan."
    "Nice background on a great character!"
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    This book is a nice peek into the background of the mysterious John Clark who features prominently in much of the later parts of the series. It also gives some backstory to other characters in the series. While it doesn't carry the Jack Ryan series forward in particular, it does add some depth to the series. There are a few contrivances in the book that I found a bit strained as a way to add extra connections between characters.

    Regardless, this is definitely worth a listen. Michael Prichard is not my favorite narrator, but he does an adequate job in the telling.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Neon Rain: A Dave Robicheaux Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2915)
    Performance
    (1728)
    Story
    (1722)

    New York Times best-selling author James Lee Burke's Dave Robicheaux novels began with this first hard-hitting entry in the series. In The Neon Rain, Detective Robicheaux fishes a prostitute's corpse from a New Orleans bayou and finds that no one, not even the law, cares about a dead hooker.

    S. Sand says: "The perfect combination of author and narrator"
    "Well told and well narrated story."
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    I liked this story. It was definitely a bit dated, but the great characters and narration made up for it. I will definitely buy more in this series, especially if it's the same narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dead or Alive

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy, Grant Blackwood
    • Narrated By Lou Diamond Phillips
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4804)
    Performance
    (2592)
    Story
    (2607)

    Jack Ryan, the former president of the United States, is out of office, but not out of the loop about his brainchild, the “Campus” - a highly effective, counter-terrorism organization that operates outside the Washington hierarchy. But what Ryan doesn’t know is that his son, Jack Ryan, Jr., has joined his cousins, Brian and Dominic Caruso, at the shadowy Campus. While a highly effective analyst, young Ryan hungers for the action of a field agent.

    Robert B. Wales says: "Same great Clancey - Great narration"
    "Great!"
    Overall
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    I really like the reboot of the Jack Ryan series that started with the Teeth of the Tiger. Jack Ryan, Jr. and the Campus make a much more modern plot line than the old Cold War stuff. I liked that stuff back in the 80s and 90s, but it's dated now.

    Clancy may not have his fingers on the keyboard writing these new ones, but the characters are consistent with the old days.

    Lou Diamond Phillips is a great narrator! Oddly, he sounds like the narrator in my head when I read books . . . Can't explain that one. He's never been my favorite actor, but he is perfect in this role! He really brings out the characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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